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78 Quarterly

78 Quarterly was a magazine published between 1967 and ~2005 by Pete Whelan, also the founder of the reissue LP label Origin Jazz Library. It published original research and writing about country blues and traditional jazz on 78rpm records. It is one of the best sources of information about blues and jazz records, but also reflects the collectors culture, and gives insight (some times a bit too much) into the mind of the serious collector.

Download a ZIP archive of all 11 (12?) issues here (PDF 193MB), or click cover images to download individually.




Issues No. 1 & 2 (Reissued 1992)

Contents:

No. 1 (1967)
p. 3 - Letters to the Editor
p. 4 - Records, by Robert Travis. Recent LP reissues.
p. 5 - King Solomon Hill, by Gayle Wardlow
p. 10 - Patton's Murder: Whitewash? or-Hogwash?, by Gayle Dean Wardlow and Jacques Roche
p. 18 - Herwin, pt. 1, by John MacKenzie
p. 27 - The World's Largest Collection of 78s..., by Pete Whelan. Jacob S. Schneider collection.
p. 34 - Syd Valentine, by Duncan Schiedt
p. 39 - The "Conspiracy" against Charley Jordan? by Bernie Klatzko
p. 43 - Rarest 78s, A-B
p. 46 - The Blues Didn't Die with Charlie Patton's Last Record! by Lawrence Cohn
p. 49 - Auctions
p. 51 - The Words: Can Blues Singers be Traced by Their Own Lyrics? by Jacques Roche
p. 56 - The Perfect 100 Race Series, pt. 1, by John Godrich
p. 59 - Song House Interview, pt. 1, by Nick Perls
p. 63 - Ledell Johnson Remembers his Brother, Tommy, by Gayle Wardlow

No. 2 (1968) - Pages unnumbered
  • Letters to the Editor
  • The Black Birds of Paradise, by Gayle Dean Wardlow
  • Henry Stuckey: An Obituary, by Jacques Roche
  • Winston Holmes: Kansas City Promoter, by Doug Jydstrup
  • Rarest 78s, C-D
  • An Interview with Carl Martin, by Pete Welding
  • Reuben Reeves, by Jacob S. Schneider
  • Auctions
  • Talk About: Responses to "The Words" column in issue 1
  • The Perfect 100 Race Series, pt. 2
  • Willie Brown - Fare Thee Well, by Bernie Klatzko
  • Notes on Brian Rust's "Jazz Records 1897-1931", by Bert Whyatt
  • Records, by Charles LaMoore. Reissue LPs.
  • Herwin, pt. 2, by John MacKenzie
  • A Recollection of Big Joe's, by Pete Kaufman

This is the only issue I haven't been able to track down a physical copy of. This file was originally scanned for the music blog Record Fiend. I've included it here in order to present a complete collection and index. All other scans are my own.




Issue No. 3 (1988)

Contents:
p. 3 - Letters to the Editor
p. 4 - Backstage with 78 Quarterly
p. 5,7 - Fiction
p. 9 - The Anatomy of a "Race" Label, pt. 1, by Stephen Calt
p. 24 - "Trev" Benwell - Man & Legend, by Russ Shor
p. 27 - Polk Miller and the Old South Quartette, by Doug Seroff.
p. 42 - Collecting Ethnic, by Dick Spottswood
p. 45 - "Big Foot" William Harris, by Gayle Dean Wardlow
p. 49 - Gennett/Champion Blues (1923-1934), pt. 1, by Tom Tsotsi
p. 54 - Letters from McKune, by Henry Renard
p. 63 - Rarest 78s, restarting A-B in a new era
p. 68 - A White Man's Integrity, by Stephen Calt. Interview with Skip James.
p. 74 - Auctions



Issue No. 4 (1989)

Contents:
p. 3 - Letters to the Editor
p. 6 - Photo Phile, by Solomon Natsy. Commentary on images of jazz & blues musicians
p. 9 - Paramount: Anatomy of a "Race" Label, pt. 2, by Stephen Calt
p. 30 - Fred Ramsey Speaks Out
p. 40 - Robert Johnson, by Stephen Calt & Gayle Wardlow
p. 52 - The Idioms of Robert Johnson, by Stephen Calt
p. 61 - Remembering Big Joe, by Henry Renard
p. 67 - Back in Nagasaki with "Lucky", by Russ Shor.
p. 71 - Paramounts in the Belfry, by Bob Hilbert
p. 77 - Gennett/Champion Blues, pt. 2, by Tom Tsotsi
p. 83 - Glen Hardman Rediscovered, by Steve LaVere
p. 86 - Rarest 78s, C-D
p. 93 - Postscript to the McKune Story, by Bernie Klatzko




Issue No. 5 (1990)

Contents:
p. 3 - Letters to the Editor
p. 6 - Auctions/Trades
p. 7 - The Buying & Selling of Paramounts, pt. 3, by Stephen Calt & Gayle Dean Wardlow
p. 25 - Rarest 78s, F-G
p. 41 - "Louie Bluie", by Terry Zwigoff
p. 56 - 100 Years from Today, by Doug Seroff.
p. 63 - When the Wolf Knocked on Victor's Door, by Dick Spottswood
p. 78 - Gennett/Champion Blues, pt. 3, by Tom Tsotsi
p. 83 - Portrait of a Blues Singer, by Stephen Calt
p. 93 - Six Who Made Recorded History, by Gayle Dean Wardlow
  
Issue No. 6 (1991)

Contents:
p. 3 - Letters to the Editor
p. 7 - Auctions
p. 8 - Paramount, pt. 4: The Advent of Arthur Liably, by Stephen Calt
p. 27 - Rarest 78s, H-Ja
p. 43 - Louie Bluie, pt. 2, by Terry Zwigoff
p. 51 - 100 Years from Today, by Doug Seroff
p. 66 - The Myth of Rock and Roll, by Stephen Calt
p. 83 - Booker White on Bullet Williams, by Cal Stephens
p. 87 - Gennett-Champion Blues, pt. 4, by Tom Tsotsi
p. 94 - Book Reviews
 
Issue No. 7 (1992)

Contents
p. 3 - Letters to the Editor
p. 6 - Auctions
p. 7 - Paramount's Decline & Fall, by Stephen Calt & Gayle Dean Wardlow
p. 30 - John Steiner Interview: The Missing Paramounts
p. 43 - Rarest 78s, Je-K
p. 57 - Lizzie Miles: Early Circus Days as a Side-show Performer, by Lynn Abbott & Doug Seroff
p. 71 - Luke Jordan: A Last Look, by Don Kent
p. 79 - 100 Years from Today, by Doug Seroff & Lynn Abbott
p. 97 - The Bohee Brothers, by Rainer E. Lotz
 
Issue No. 8 (1993)

Contents:
p. 3 - Letters to the Editor
p. 11 - H.C. Speir (1895-1972), by Gayle Dean Wardlow
p. 35 - Gennett Records: Capturing America's Musical Grassroots, by Rick Kennedy
p. 55 - Portrait of a Blues Singer, pt. 6, by Stephen Calt.
p. 64 - Challenge 800 Series, by Rolf von Arx
p. 65 - Rarest 78s, L-N
p. 87 - Southern Echoes, by Tony Russell
p. 94 - The House Frolic, by Booker White & Stephen Calt
p. 95 - Gennett-Champion Blues, pt. 5, by Tom Tsotsi
p. 103 - Sweet Mattie Dorsey: Been Here, but She's Gone, by Doug Seroff & Lynn Abbott
p. 113 - Foolishness Rag: The Perception of Ragtime in Europe, by Rainer E. Lotz
p. 123 - The Earliest Boogie Woogie, by E.S. Virgo
p. 127 - American Ragtime Performers in Britain, by Mark Berresford
 
Issue No. 9 (1995)

Contents:
p. 3 - Letters to the Editor
p. 10 - Fred Ramsey 1915-1995, by James T. Maher
p. 11 - Henry "Son" Sims, by Gayle Dean Wardlow
p. 21 - Rarest 78s, O-Q
p. 37 - Clarence M. Jones, by Rick Kennedy
p. 47 - Black Music in the White City, by Doug Seroff & Lynn Abbott
p. 61 - Wiley Barner, by Don Kent
p. 67 - The Paramount L Master Series, by Guido Van Rijn & Max Vreede
p. 89 - Tony Mostrom's Nine Paramount Cartoons
p. 99 - Souther Echoes, pt. 2, by Tony Russell
p. 105 - One Hundred Years from Today, by Lynn Abbott & Doug Seroff
p. 118 - Book Reviews
 
Issue No. 10 (1999?)

Contents:
p. 3 - Letters to the Editor
p. 13 - E. Belfield Spriggins: First Man of Jazzology, by Lynn Abbott
p. 53 - Rarest 78s, R-S
p. 77 - Johnny Dodds: Clarinet in Blue (1892-1940), by Bernie Klatzko
p. 101 - Lonnie Johnson Goes to Cincinnati (1947-1954), by Gary Fortine
p. 105 - Broadway 5000 Series, by Rolf Von Arx
p. 113 - Lost Man Blues: Who was Sugar Underwood? by Jim Lyons
p. 121 - 100 Years from Today: The Origins of Ragtime, by Doug Seroff & Lynn Abbott
 
Issue No. 11 (2000?)

Contents:
p. 3 - Letters to the Editor
p. 11 - Black Patti, by Tom Tsotsi & Pete Whelan
p. 93 - Rarest 78s, T-V
p. 106 - Bernard Klatzko obituary (1926-1999)
p. 109 - The Golden Years of Ida Cox, by Rolf von Arx
p. 123 - Sis Quander: Duke Ellington's First Vocalist?, by Kip Lornell & Rohulamin Quander
 
Issue No. 12 (2005?)

Contents:
p. 3 - Letters to the Editor
p. 12 - Gold in Grafton! by John Tefteller. Long lost Paramount ephemera resurfaces.
p. 40 - Ma Rainey and her Jazz Hounds in 1917/1922/1931 , by Jim Prohaska
p. 47 - Try Me One More Time: Marshall Owens, by Alex van der Tuuk
p. 59 - Bayless? Bailey? A Rose by Another Name, by Christopher C. King
p. 69 - Gennett's Mystery Label: Superior 300 Series, by Tom Tostsi
p. 101 - Rarest 78s, W-Z

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